Groundwood Books, Paperback, 9781554981274, 40pp.
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Leo Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry, brings us this visionary, beautiful art book in which he celebrates wild horses and the natural world in which they lived in harmony.
Using an extraordinary technique he makes paper look like leather so that his illustrations seem to be painted on leather shirts. Each unique leather shirt is laid on a page and is accompanied by a rich, wild, free song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples.
Author and illustrator of the noted and multi-prize-winning Last Leaf, First Snow Flake to Fall, Yerxa has once again devoted years to creating a book that is simply a piece of art reflecting his sense of nature and the place of native people within it.
Winner of the First Nation Communities Read, 2007
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, 2006
An OLA Best Bets of 2007: Top 10 Picture Book
Short-listed for the Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award, 2007
Short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2007
" another surefire prize contender Ancient Thunder's concise text effectively sets up the book's clever, creative images." Quill and Quire, Starred Review
"In both their content and feel, the compositions...evoke a sense of wonder aspiring artists and those interested in native cultures - may well find much to linger over." Publisher's Weekly
" striking and expressive Yerxa's poetic lyrical text is sparse and thoughtful Highly Recommended." CM Magazine
"In both their content and feel, the compositions . . . evoke a sense of wonder . . . aspiring artists and those interested in native cultures . . . may well find much to linger over."
— Publishers Weekly